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The Trope Namer, in her most modern incarnation!

"Let it fly in the breeze and get caught in the trees

Give a home to the fleas, in my hair

A home for fleas, a hive for the buzzing bees

A nest for birds, there ain't no words

For the beauty, splendor, the wonder of my hair

Flow it! (Hair!) Show it! (Hair!)

Long as God can grow, my hair!"
The title song from Hair

In Real Life, hair is heavy, especially when wet, and as anyone who has had long hair can attest, it takes forever to comb out, requires much more shampoo than usual, tangles at the slightest provocation, attacks everything in a strong wind, and is often getting caught in things and being in the way.

None of these seem to bother fictional characters. Instead, people (mostly women) will have hair down past their hips to dramatically blow around them and/or otherwise accentuate their femininity.

If their hair is used to cover up nudity and shut up the censors, it's Godiva Hair.

Historically, long hair has been a status symbol in many parts of the world. European nobles would do it up in elaborate headdresses and Japanese noble women in the Heian era would grow out their hair, sometimes for their entire lives, so it could literally become meters long, requiring special trains to be built into the clothing. As a result, long hair is considered a mark of high breeding, so many Ojous have long dark hair. Note that such people tend to also have servants who wash and comb their hair for them. There is even a theory that humans lost almost all their body hair while having the hair on the head grow much longer than in any other animal, exactly because of its function as a status symbol. Healthy long hair is an indicator of general good health and a lifestyle that allows to take good care of it. Both women and men with long hair would be regarded as the most prestigious and economically beneficial partners and since children of healthy and affluent parents would have the best chances to survive, evolution would naturally select for longer hair. It's basically the same thing as the bright feathers of tropical birds.

Note that usually hair falls out after growing for about seven years; meters-long hair requires more than not cutting it, but also having the correct genes for long (that is, fast-growing) hair.

See also Long-Haired Pretty Boy, Improbable Hairstyle, Compressed Hair for one way to conceal the hair of such length, and Hairy Hammerspace for when items are concealed in it.

Examples of Rapunzel Hair include:


Anime and Manga

  • In Bleach, we have Grimmjow, who, in his released form not only turns into a cat, but has long blue hair that hangs down past his waist. A bit later, we also get Ichigo, who sports a mullet style with hair that hangs past HIS waist while he's a hollow, It's gets even longer when he uses Final Getsuga Tensho, and Aizen's mullet with hair nearly touching the backs of his knees after his body has finshed absorbing the Hogyuku. Rapunzel indeed.
  • By Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha Striker S, Fate's hair is down past her hips and is tied off with a spiffy black bow, presumably to keep it from getting caught in things.
  • Gourry, Sylphiel, Naga, and Millina of Slayers, as well as Filia from the anime (in her human form.). Sylphiel's is of the Hime Cut variety, while Millina keeps hers in a ponytail. Gourry is an odd case because he's the hard-hitting swordsman who can't cast magic, so it would seem impractical to have all of that blonde hair flowing out while sword fighting...
  • Kazuki in GetBackers varies. Sometimes it looks floor-length, especially in the anime, but the manga artist usually draws it as roughly hip-length, unless it needs to flutter dramatically. The anime version also draws it to be very thick, with a ponytail about the same circumference as his neck. Sakura, Hevn, Kaoru Haruki, and, in some shots, Madoka all have waist-length hair.
  • CLAMP seems to have a fondness for this trope:
    • Yue in Cardcaptor Sakura, whose hair, even braided, trails a good 2 feet behind him on the floor.
    • Yuuko in Xxx HO Li C doesn't have hair at quite the same level (it ends at about her knees), but it's close. Yuuko's assistant Maru fits the trope even better, her hair trailing along the floor even while up in pigtails, and Kohane's hair is about as long as Yuuko's, but being a child, she's half Watanuki's height, making it this.
    • The twins Yui and Fai had ankle length hair as children. Justified as they weren't anywhere near scissors.
    • The eponymous Kobato. also has very long hair.
    • Not to mention Kurogane's Mother, Princess Emeraude, Sakura's mum and most of the people in RG Veda.
    • Also Chii from Chobits. Not sure if being an artificial life-form would make her hair more or less easy to manage, but in any case, it goes almost down to her feet.
      • Depends on how the hair's made. The cheaper synthetics are effectively uncombable, as they tend to stretch and pull apart instead of untangling. The alternatives are pretty expensive. The "ideal" sci-fi solution would be to create artificial follicles capable of individually running a weak charge through their hairs, which might allow for a sort of auto-combing effect.
  • Sakaki's hair in Azumanga Daioh is so long that it can actually be seen between her legs when she's simply standing. She also appears to sit on it on a few occasions.
  • The good Galaxia's hair in Sailor Moon goes one step further and actually changes color from orange to red as it goes down past her shoulders. Some of Takeuchi's sketches show it literally going down to her feet, never mind how she manages to do it up in the Odango-style Villainous Hairdo... Actually, there are tons of examples in Sailor Moon.
    • In the manga, pretty much everyone whose hair is not expressly cut short or tied up have this hair by the end. There's even a scene at the end of the first arc (and which was taken out from the first anime, then "restored" in Sailor Moon Crystal), after Endymion has been captured by the Big Bad du jour, when the Inner Senshi arrive at Usagi's house. She hasn't come out of her room in days, and the reason why is because her hair has suddenly grown to twice its previous length, even though she's been cutting it. (Her hair is now matching the hair she wore in her past lifetime as Princess Serenity.)
      • Hell, even Makoto's hair is pretty long (by normal standards), considering in most artwork it reaches her waist while in a high ponytail, and is curly/wavy besides...
    • Particularly noteworthy is Mistress 9, whose hair grows so long she can tie her enemies up with it. While it's still attached to her head. Without impeding her mobility. It FILLS THE ENTIRE ROOM. In fact we can't even see the ends of it.
  • Tsuruya from Haruhi Suzumiya has, in some official artwork, ankle-length hair. From the novels, Kuyou Suou also has very long (and full-bodied) hair. In fact, she got a Fan Nickname of "Hair Monster-tan", or occasionally "Cousin It" as a result. We don't think you'll have any problem discerning why.
    • And also, Haruhi herself when she is Jerkass self who hasn't met Kyon yet (in the beginning and in Disapearance.)
  • From the Lucky Star anime, Konata's hair appears to be of variable length: sometimes it seems like it's about knee-length, and sometimes ankle-length. In fact, other than Ayano's waist-length hair, all the other "long-haired" characters (Kagami, Miyuki, Hiyori) have hair down past their hips, though this may just be a consequence of the Puni Plush art style. Although Konata's hair is as long in the manga, Kagami's hair is chest-length and Miyuki's is waist-length.
  • Shirahime and Athena in Kidou Tenshi Angelic Layer. Of course, they're dolls.
  • The mermaid/idol forms of everyone in Mermaid Melody Pichi Pichi Pitch. It shrinks to a manageable length in their human forms, though Rina's is still pretty long.
  • In the second Ranma One Half movie, girl-type Ranma has ridiculously long hair when she gets all dolled up as a concubine. There was also an episode of the series in which male Ranma's hair grows uncontrollably because he ate a dragon's whisker at one point.
    • On the other hand, Shampoo has waist-length hair that doubles as Godiva Hair when she undresses to show her cat curse to Ranma.
    • Cologne's hair is longer than she is tall (not that hard, but still impressive).
  • The Faeries in the Manhwa Faeries Landing have very long hair, and, at one point, the main heroine Fanta sacrifices a few inches of it to help her love interest, commenting that she's a bit sad to get rid of it because it was from the time she spent with her human father.
  • Almost any important female character drawn by Leiji Matsumoto.
  • Evil male example: Deep Blue from Tokyo Mew Mew somehow manages it despite possessing the Mysterious Protector, who has normal short hair in his regular form and a mid-back-length ponytail otherwise.
  • Revolutionary Girl Utena has several instances of Rapunzel Hair, mostly in the movie, where Juri's hair is incredibly long and Utena's short style turns into a very long wave of curls that seemingly come out of a Bag of Holding. In the TV series, Anthy's usually done-up hair becomes this plus Godiva Hair during several of her Fan Disservice segments.
    • The movie deliberately pulls a Lampshade Hanging with Juri. While fencing, she wears a face-concealing mask that covers her entire head. Upon removing this mask, an enormous mass of curly, radiant hair cascades out, with volume that was several times larger than Juri's entire head.
  • Kazusa from Kamichama Karin has hair that goes to her ankles. When she transforms, the whole thing gets put up in a single, huge bun on the back of her head.
  • When we first see Miata in Claymore she is sitting in a pile of her own hair that appears to go down at least past her ankles, and while it appears to be cut at some point to fall to about her knees it still stays long enough to give her a very Wild Child-like appearance.
    • Later Agatha, a monstrous enemy monster, takes this to the extreme and combines this with Prehensile Hair.
    • Come to think of it, Yagi-sensei loves this trope, and also gives Riful this in her Awakened form with long hair that brings to mind Naughty Tentacles.
  • Misuzu from AIR has long hair past her hips, that she usually keeps in a long ponytail. It doesn't seem to hinder her mobility in the slightest, even when it gets wet. Getting it cut signifies an important turn of events in the series.
  • Daisy and Violet from Pokémon make their living swimming and have hair past their waists. It would seem their ability/willingness to keep it in any kind of style at all is a sign of their girlish personalities. Their less girlish sister Misty demonstrably has this in some episodes, too, although nobody's quite sure how.
    • Then there is Jessie with her giant... horn thing, which goes down to her waist and never moves. Presumably all the hair gel needed to hold it in place makes her hair even heavier.
      • She finally lets it down in "Shield with a Twist", after 568 episodes. Wow.
    • There's also Cynthia with hair that goes past her knees. When she's sat down the last foot of her hair is beside or behind her on whatever she's sat on.
    • Iris goes Up to Eleven by sporting what can be adequately described as a violet Wailord fin on her head. It's big enough to fit her Axew inside!
  • In Pokémon Special, Yellow's hair goes past her waist, and that's with it tied up in a high ponytail.
    • White's hair also goes past her waist with her humongous ponytail down.
  • Another male example: Clari of Violinist of Hameln has glossy blond hair of incredible fullness and volume...and it reaches his ankles. To make this even more ridiculous, he participates in massive melee battles with it down.
  • In Kamichu!, Yurie's hair grows longer than her height when she is exercising her most powerful divine powers, so it can become subject to a lot of Dramatic Wind. It becomes short again when she returns to normal.
  • And another male example: Dragon Saint Shiryu from Saint Seiya. Although plenty of Saints and other warriors have waist-length hair, Shiryu's flows down to his knees. The girls generally have hair that rarely goes lower than armpit level, but Saori and Pandora have much longer hair; so does Shunrei, but she keeps hers in a long braid.
  • While Sesshoumaru from Inuyasha could be seen as an example with his normal hair (as is that of the titular character), which is easily waist length, it is his shoulder fur that deserves special mention, being around 15 feet long and constantly trailing behind him. When he transforms into a dog, it appears to correlate to the random fringe of thick fur that makes a diagonal line across one of his shoulders to his back.
    • Kikyou's hair reaches her hips when it's let down. In fact many female characters have long hair, it being the Feudal Era and all.
  • Code Geass has plenty of this, including V.V., a Cute Shotaro Boy with hair that nearly touches the floor when he's standing.
  • A similar example would be Mashiro Rima from Shugo Chara. Her hair nearly touches the ground when she stands. Quite fittingly, she prefers to walk slowly, even when hunting X-Eggs, where she often just stands in one place while her juggling sticks do the rest. Meanwhile, there's also Nagihiko, but that's a whole other trope entirely.
  • Shana, Margery, and Yuji Sakai (as Snake of the Festival) of Shakugan no Shana fall under this trope.
  • Hamona from Wolf's Rain would fit this trope. As would her older sister, Jaguara. In Hamona's case, it also doubles as a strange case of Godiva Hair.
  • Ren and Ayame Sohma from Fruits Basket.
    • Izusu Sohma also, until Akito hacks it off both to punish her for her rebellion, and because it reminds her of Ren. Justified as Natsuki Takaya originally wanted Isuzu to have short hair. However, being the horse of the Chinese Zodiac, it made more sense for her hair to be long and flowing like a horse's.
  • Aion, Chrono, Mary, Rizelle, Satella and Florette/Fiore in flashbacks in Chrono Crusade. (Chrono's hair has part of it cut short in the back, but he still has enough long hair to have a braid that goes down past his knees.) With that many characters, you could probably argue that Daisuke Moriyama has a thing for flowing, dramatic hair.
  • Leon Oswald of Kaleido Star has waist-length grey-platinum hair, which (improbably) he never seems to restrain, even when performing on trapeze.
  • Ahiru/Duck in Princess Tutu has rather long hair in her girl form--even braided, it hangs down far past her waist. In her Magical Girl form, however, it seems to be tied up or magically cut short.
  • The Dark Magical Girl in Prétear has long, flowing black hair. This seems to be magically induced, since her true form, Takako, has hair in a more manageable length. One of Himeno's step-sisters also has long, flowing pink hair, and Hayate's hair reaches his waist.
  • Mahou Sensei Negima has a number of characters with waist-length or longer hair. The more eastern-stylized characters often have Hime Cuts, while more western characters fit this. An odd example is Kaede, who reveals hair that reaches long enough to trail on the ground when Chao removes her hair band.
  • Squalo from Katekyo Hitman Reborn, who swore that he would never cut his hair until Xanxus becomes the next Vongola boss. Seeing as how that's extremely unlikel he is seen ten years in the future with even longer and lustrous hair.
  • D.Gray-man: Jasdevi. Oh boy, Jasdevi.
  • Alice/B-Rabbit and Jack from Pandora Hearts.
  • Another male example, Rain from Immortal Rain.
  • Abel Nightroad, Hugue de Watteau and Isaak von Kampher from Trinity Blood certainly fit this trope! Whilst Abel and Hugue at least attempt to restrain their lovely locks, Isaak just lets his easily floor-length (and he's tall, so that's a lot of hair!) barnet wreak havoc on humanity. Or vampiremanity.
  • Krad from D.N.Angel, anyone? His blonde ponytail is easily longer than he is-this is noticeable when he flies and his hair has to catch up with him. It's also very, very pretty...
  • Naruto's not known for its gorgeous hair, but Jiraya's colossal white ponytail, Tsunade and her surprisingly long pigtails, Ino and Inoichi Yamanaka's identical blonde topknots, and Neji's ponytail deserve a mention (which was so long it was used as a medium to channel medical ninjutsu through) in this section.
    • The undisputed queen of this in Naruto however is the Fifth Mizukage. She has hair down to her ankles... even when it's in a top knot!
    • And Kushina, Naruto's mother, has red hair that goes down to her ankles. In fact she was once able to make a trail when she had her hands tied by draping her hair over her tied hands and nonchalantly pulling some of it off to leave on the ground.
    • Hanzo's hair is about waist-length, which along with his cap gives it an unfortunate resemblance to something you might see on a stereotypical hair-band member. Ironically, it was much shorter when he was younger.
    • Mifune's hair is close to waist-length and spread out to a magnificent mane from shifting around in one panel.
  • Kanu in Ikki Tousen has hair that goes down to about her calves, as a reference to Guan Yu, who was famed for his long beard.
    • The other Three Kingdoms gender flip Koihime Musou does the same thing for the same reason.
  • Most female characters in Shattered Angels have hair that flows lower than their backside.
  • Yuty, Lechty, Prome O, Dhianeila, and quite a number of the female cast in Heroic Age.
  • Almost everyone in Saiunkoku Monogatari. Especially the men. The only exceptions are the Cute Shotaro Boy and his Love Interest, and they're well on their way, as he usually ties his up in a pony tail and, though we never see it down, hers is long enough to pin up elaborately.
  • Fushigi Yuugi has four male examples: Hotohori, Nuriko, Tomo, and Tenkou. As for females, Soi has extremely long hair that almost reaches the ground when it's loose.
  • Fujiwara no Sai of Hikaru no Go.
  • Hellsing has a male case in Pip Bernadotte; the man uses his hair as a scarf just to keep it out of the way. Rip Van Winkle also falls under this trope.
  • Male example: Ray Kon from Beyblade, especially noticeable when the white cloth keeping it together is torn off.
  • A Deconstruction, in Dansai Bunri No Crime Edge. Mushiyanokouji Iwai, the "hair queen" had her hair cursed. It cannot be cut by any means. That leads her to quit schooling, and well, the inconveniences of having hair that long. Fortunately, Kiri's scissor is a cursed "Killing Goods" and cut Iwai's hair really short at the end of the first chapter, but her hair grows back to its original length in a span of a night.
  • Aya and Maya Natsume in Tenjho Tenge.
  • Archbishop Laura Stuart's hair in To Aru Majutsu no Index extends down her back all the way to her ankles... and then it loops back up to the top of her head again. And then it goes through a hairpin and goes down to her waist again. Her hair is about 14-feet long.
  • Most of the characters in Tenchi Muyo! have long hair. A large majority of them being Juraians (and royal ones at that), it's more or less a custom to have long hair and to be either tied back or put up in ponytails. It's even more telling when Washu, Ayeka and Sasami must put their hair up just to go into the hot springs or even sleep. The goddess Tsunami has the longest hair, since it reaches the floor and goes on a few feet.
  • Gundam Wing has Dorothy Catalonia and Duo Maxwell tied for longest hair (at below-the-butt length), but Dorothy's is more noticeable because Duo always has his braided. Relena and Zechs deserve special mention, their hair reaching the small of their backs; in their case it seems to run in the family, since the few images we see of King Peacecraft show him with hair just as long as his children. And both their grandmother Katrina and grand-aunt Sabrina also had butt-length hair.
    • Princess Marina Ismail in Mobile Suit Gundam 00, although the animators can't decide if it's butt-length or much longer.
  • Akuram, the Big Bad from Harukanaru Toki no Naka de, normally has hair held up by his Mask of Power, but once the mask is removed, his hair goes well past his waist, and in the anime, past his his knees. When a live-action stage play based on the franchise included the character... let's just say comparisons to Cousin Itt were made by Western fandom.
    • There's also Fuji-hime with floor-length hair, but this is justified by the series' (pseudo-)historical setting. A couple of female background characters also fit this trope for the same reason.
  • Raditz of Dragonball Z.
  • Koinzell from Ubel Blatt has his in two long braids down past his thighs, with knives at the ends. Occasionally he uses the knives when he can't find a sword or can't use his blood blades.
  • In the ending of Eureka Seven movie, Eureka's hair mysteriously grown very long, up to her hips. Its the longest version of her hair that was seen compared to the TV episode 30 flashback version of herself.
  • Yoko from Gurren Lagann has pretty long hair, and in The Movie she takes off the hairpins to pull a gun out of her hair. Nia post-timeskip also qualifies.
  • Several girls of Hayate the Combat Butler have extremely long hair, to where the standard length seems to reach their knees, and most of those that have shorter hair are depicted as more childish. Given that most of them are Ojous, it's explainable, but Hinagiku is depicted as having her long hair even while her parents are dealing with a large debt, and it's her hair which gets commented on.
  • Shalott of Air Gear.
  • Sunao/Ran and Matsuri of Sukisho.
  • Moka from Rosario to Vampire has hair down to nearly her knees.
  • Yuusuke from Yu Yu Hakusho grows very wild, knee-length hair when his demonic heritage is activated and he transforms into his Toushin form. Though he does get it cut shorter near immediately afterwards, courtesy of Kurama. Kurama's own waist-length hair is a milder example, but he's able to wield his Rose Whip with it.
  • Hannah of Black Butler.
  • Mon Colle Knights is rife with this, most females/bishonen have hair at least to the hips, and five have it down to the ground.
  • Richter's hair trails just a little bit near his ankles. It's even longer than those of the women in the show!
  • Mugi and Mio from K-On! have very long hair, which is often used for purposes of censorship. Azusa however trounces them both, with her high twin tails reaching her thighs.
  • Shigure when let her hair down comes down to her hips.
  • Prozen from Zoids Chaotic Century has hair that goes down to his knees
  • Sera and Yuu from Kore wa Zombie Desu ka? the former past her knees and the latter even past that.
  • Dvine [LUV] has three characters fitting this trope: Mia, Sakura and Youra, though the latter gets her hair cut.
  • Both Chikane and Himeko of Kannazuki no Miko have extremely long hair. Tsubasa is male example.
  • In Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea, Ponyo's mother. It's positively wave-like. (Unsurprisingly.)
  • In Saint Beast, Rey, Luca, Shin, Gai, and Lucifer all have extremely long hairstyles.
  • Togame of Katanagatari has extremely long hair, to the point where it's often wrapped several times around her travelling partner.
  • All three of the main girls in Kodomo no Jikan have hair as long as they are tall, which gets Lampshaded in one of the manga specials.
  • Kuchiha of Amatsuki sports a ponytail so long that it doubles as a Scarf of Asskicking.
  • Fairy Tail:
    • Mavis Vermilion had hair down to her ankles
    • And then there's Flare Carona, who has hair well past her hips that she can not only magically extend to even greater lengths but also weaponize!
    • Vidaldus.

Lucy: "That's some long hair!"


Comic Books

  • If it weren't for Rapunzel, the characters in A Distant Soil would be the Trope Namer. Apparently, it's an Ovanian custom to have ungodly long hair, sometimes floor-length.
  • Winnowill from Elf Quest has floor-length hair (she actually holds it over her arm most of the time: it would drag on the ground otherwise!), as does the minor character Newstar after a point. Clearbrook's braid, at its full length, extends to her knees by Shards. And Timmain's hair also doubles as Godiva Hair on several occasions.
  • Starfire of the Teen Titans comic book. To put it mildly. It's frequently portrayed as not so much ending, extending past the panel border and/or merging into a sort of rocket exhaust when she flies. It's shorter in the TV cartoon.
  • Jean Grey had hair like this in the late eighties and the nineties, but once those Running the Asylum came in, her hair grew short again.
    • Storm had ridiculously long hair for someone living in the African wilderness and constantly standing in the wind/being rained upon. In the Joe Madureira era, she had a large mop of hair on her head which reached the floor, but wasn't straight (and mostly Godiva Hair like in the '80s) but a large mop which looked like it had a life of its own and...quite heavy. She killed Marrow nonetheless.
    • Rogue also had very long hair in the mid-nineties and the eighties.
  • Artemis, from Wonder Woman, had (has?) a more than floor-length ponytail. It was always blown around so as to never touch the ground, whether or not anything else in the scene showed the effects of wind.
  • Rapunzels Revenge. Rapunzel in the Wild West, using her plait as a lasso.
  • And let us not forget Rapunzel when she appeared in Fables. Because she was cursed, she couldn't stay in place around the mundies for too long and had a rather modern twist to her curse...her hair was cut several times a day, then donated to a wig factory; and the people there thought she was a colony of Amish girls.
    • It proved to be quite an interesting case of Blessed with Suck. Rapunzel makes quite a lot of money selling her hair, she makes three sets of hair several feet in length a day that are completely undamaged from wear and tear or cosmetics. Unfortunately she can barely enjoy her fortune since she's not allowed to be in the normal world for more than three hours at a time and cannot stay in the same place for more than an hour.
  • Malekith the Accursed, from Thor. Towheaded dark elf who looks like the In-Betweener in drag. Has more yards of hair than most women in Marveldom with the possible exception of Medusa. One has to wonder how many times he's gotten stuck on a tree or a telephone pole while flying and why he even bothers with pouches when his bouffant could easily double as a bag of holding.
  • Medusa of The Inhumans has extremely long prehensile hair that she can use as a weapon.


Fairy Tales

  • The Trope Namer and (il)logical extreme of this trope is Rapunzel, the Fairy Tale heroine whose hair was the ladder in and out of her prison tower; both the witch who imprisoned and the prince used this.
  • Older Than Steam: Other fairy tales that include this hair ladder (which is older than Rapunzel) include Snow-White-Fire-Red and The Fair Angiola. This type of tale is known as "Maiden in the Tower," and the earliest known version is Petrosinella, recorded in 1634. Rapunzel Hair is not found outside it in fairy tales, and isn't always found in it. Somehow "Rapunzel, Rapunzel, let down your knotted hemp rope" doesn't have the same ring.


Film

  • Pictured above: Rapunzel from Tangled has 70 feet of hair! It's to be expected, since she's, you know, Rapunzel.

  "And then I'll brush and brush, and brush and brush my hair,"


Literature

  • In some parts of the world in the Sword of Truth series, the length and style of a woman's hair is directly related to their status, so the Mother Confessor, the de facto leader and most powerful woman of this region, has very long hair. It's stated to be somewhere slightly above her hips and below the small of her back, and she cannot cut her own hair. It magically gives her great pain, as it does all Confessors.
  • An implied literary example is found in the dramatic poem The Highwayman, when Bess, the landlord's daughter, stands at the casement window, leaning over, and her lover stands up on his horse, she lets her hair out and it hits him in the face. (It's a lot more romantic than that, I assure you.)
    • He rose upright in the stirrups.
      He scarce could reach her hand,
      But she loosened her hair in the casement.
      His face burnt like a brand
      As the black cascade of perfume
      came tumbling over his breast;
      And he kissed its waves in the moonlight,
      (O, sweet black waves in the moonlight!)
      Then he tugged at his rein in the moonlight,
      and galloped away to the west.
  • Quinn in Dian Curtis Regan's Princess Nevermore has hair almost to her feet.
  • Walk Two Moons: Sal's hair is long enough to sit on.
  • JRR Tolkien's The Silmarillion had Lúthien magically grow her hair long, in order to use it to escape her elvish father -- he had grounded her in a treehouse (there's a pun in there somewhere...) to stop her from following her mortal lover, whom he had sent away to get rid of him. She makes a rope for escaping the treehouse, and a cloak which induces sleep in anyone else it touched. Of course, this leaves her nearly bald until it grows back.
  • In the fantasy novel The Weavers of Saramyr, a minor noblewoman has hair down to her feet, which she wears loose.
  • In the later Anne of Green Gables books, Anne's friend and neighbor Leslie has Hair of Gold down to her feet, which she keeps pinned up except when she's just washed it.
  • Lampshaded by Rapunzel in the Piers Anthony Xanth novels is, of course, based on the fairy tale of the same name. Her magic talent is her ability to grow her hair to exceedingly long lengths, never feel the weight of it, and have it take up no more volume on the top of her head when wrapped up than she wants it to.
  • In the Doctor Who Expanded Universe novel "Lungbarrow", the Doctor's cousin Innocet has resolved not to cut her hair until she sees daylight again. This results in her having to walk about with 673 years' worth of hair in a colossal plait.
  • In Lois McMaster Bujold's Cetaganda, all the Haut Ladies of the Star Creche have extremely long hair. Towards the end of the book, one of them has been restrained by the simple expedient of tying her hair in place. Miles (who has come to rescue her, amongst other things) suggests cutting it and she reacts with horror. He winds up distracting her and cutting it anyway. She is NOT pleased with him.
  • Possibly hinted in Twilight. Bella listens to a Quileute legend about a pair of vampires. The shapeshifters killed the male, so his mate (described as having knee-length golden hair) comes and attacks the village.
  • In Jane Yolen's White Jenna duology, Jenna and her shadow-sister Skada have braids that go down past their waist. While it's pointed out that this is impractical for warriors, it turns out to be helpful when they strangle the Big Bad with them.
  • In E. Nesbit's comedic fairy-tale story "Melisande", Princess Melisande is cursed at birth to be bald. When she grows up she is given a magical wish, and at the prompting of her mother requests long, lovely, fast-growing hair. The result is the Rapunzel Hair from hell.
  • Probably King David's son Absalom:

 Whenever he cut the hair of his head -- he used to cut his hair from time

to time when it became too heavy for him -- he would weigh it, and its weight

was two hundred shekels (five pounds) by the royal standard. -- 2 Samuel 14:26

  • Della in The Gift of the Magi has beautiful brown hair that, when unpinned, reaches to her knees. It doesn't have a happy ending - the hair, that is.
  • As for Buttercup in The Princess Bride, her hair length is never specified, but at eighteen the narration mentions it's never been cut. For most people, that would be butt-length or thigh length. Long enough to sit on.
  • Miss Hardbroom in The Worst Witch series keeps her hair tyed up in a really tight bun 24/7 except for the Halloween celebrations where the girls are amazed that it goes right down to her waist. Mildred remarks that she doesn't look half as frightening when her hair is down.
  • In Alexandre Dumas' The Woman with the Velvet Necklace, Arsene is described as a tall woman, and her hair doesn't just fall past her hips, it apparently trails on the ground behind her.
  • Susannah, the protagonist of Repeat It Today With Tears by Anne Peile, has this in the first half of the story. It's never described how long her hair is, but after she chops it all off after being committed to a mental institution, it takes five paper bags to dispose of all the hair.
  • This is a sign of a warrior's aptitude amongst the Dothraki of A Song of Ice and Fire. Men only cut their hair when they have been defeated in battle. Khal Drogo, the reknowned leader of the largest khalesar, had a braid of hair that went to his thighs.


Live-Action TV

  • In The Tenth Kingdom, Virginia is briefly cursed with very-fast-growing hair, that requires both other characters to help her carry it and almost smothers her overnight. Of course, it's a reference to Rapunzel, and, yes, the hair eventually does get used as a rope. Eventually Wolf takes a magic axe to it, leaving her with a very short hairstyle.
  • Piper in Charmed grew her hair to waist length in the second season and kept it pretty much that same length for the rest of the series.
    • Phoebe gains Rapunzel Hair in the season 5 finale where the sisters are transformed into the Greek Goddesses. Phoebe is given Aphrodite's long golden tresses. Paige also gets waist-length hair when she is temporarily transformed into a wood nymph
  • The season 1 finale of Sabrina the Teenage Witch had Sabrina trapped in a tower by a troll so she cast a spell on her hair to make it long enough for Harvey to climb up.
    • Hilda also ate "hair soup" in another episode that gave her waist-length tresses as well as a full beard.
    • Roxie's hair also grew to past her waist by the show's seventh season.
  • Shelly Du Vall naturally adopted the traditional long golden hair when she played Rapunzel in an episode of Faerie Tale Theatre. Even after Rapunzel's Traumatic Haircut the hair was still down to the floor.
  • A BBC TV series that modernised fairy tales had Charity Wakefield as a tennis player named Rapunzel, named so because her hair went down to her thighs (she had her own shampoo line from this, which is why her mother kept it long). She hung it out the window and it even reached down to a balcony below.
  • True to her book counterpart in The Worst Witch Kate Duchene sported the waist length hair as Miss Hardbroom though Mildred Hubble was shown to have hair the same length when she let it loose.
  • Amy Barnes in Hollyoaks, has since had her hair cut short as part of a domestic abuse storyline.
  • The mother (Diana) in Party of Five is stated to have had incredibly long hair all down her back and her husband wouldn't allow her to cut it short.
  • Quite a few Super Sentai heroines have had waist-length hair, as well as at least one male character (Makito in Mahou Sentai Magiranger.) Eri from Tensou Sentai Goseiger has hair almost long enough to sit on, and Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger's Joe begins the series with a ponytail halfway down his back that eventually grows out past his waist (it was attached to the actor's real hair, which grew out considerably over the course of a year.)
  • Played for laughs in The Muppet Show. A group of Whatnots sing "Aquarius" from Hair while their hair rapidly grows throughout the 1-minute song to the point where they can't see or move properly.


Music

  • For years, singer Crystal Gayle's hair was long enough to trail behind her until she cut it to ease the strain on her neck caused by wearing it that way.
  • Similarly Yoshiki Hayashi, the leader of J-Rock band X Japan cut his waist long hair to the despair of his female fans, because it took him hours to wash and care for it every day.
  • Danny Cecatti, former lead singer of Pegazus.
  • Herman Li, guitarist in DragonForce, has hair down to his knees. His headbangs are pretty wicked.
    • And their lead singer, ZP Theart, has waist-length hair. There's a reason why two of the band's three music videos feature wind machines.
  • Brian Fair, lead singer of Shadows Fall, also has hair down to his knees... in dreadlocks. Very impressive when windmilling.
  • Key Kool (front/center) of Visionaries has nearly waist-length hair; it's not very noticeable since he usually wears in a knot at the base of his head. After his hair stylist marveled at his "virgin hair" (no bleaching, dying, or perming, just a huge amount of gel every day) he cut it off to donate to charity. It's since grown back (and, yes, he did dress as a Chinese person one Halloween).
  • Long hair is a common thing with musicians, particularly Heavy Metal to the point where some metalheads hilariously treat the length of one's hair as Serious Business.
  • Peter "Aconite" from Novus has hair down to his waist.
  • Vocaloid features Miku Hatsune and her floor-length green pigtails. She's not the only one though--there's also Luka, Haku, Neru, Miki, Lily, and Gakupo.
  • Exo-Chika from Visual Kei/Electronica duo Aural Vampire has hair that goes past her butt.


Religion and Mythology

  • Oddly enough, this trope is found in the communion of Christian Saints: Saint Mary Magdalene is traditionally depicted as having very long hair, at least long enough to serve as Godiva Hair. It arises from the (entirely apocryphal) idea that she used her hair to wash Jesus' feet this one time (as well as doubling as a sign of her sensuous, extravagant, and again apocryphal life pre-Jesus.)


Tabletop Games

  • A possible taboo for the Wu Jen class in Dungeons and Dragons is "Cannot cut hair". Of course, you know this would be the obvious result.
    • Also from Dungeons and Dragons, a Braid Blade (as it sounds, a short blade tied to the end of a person's braid), introduced in Dungeon Magazine #120, would logically require hair of this length to make effective.
    • In the Forgotten Realms setting, Eilistraee, the goddess of the good-aligned drow, is represented with very long hair.
  • The Warhammer40000 Dark Eldar gladiator queen Lelith Hesperax has hair long enough to use as an entangling net (naturally it is woven with poisoned barbs too) but then she is also skilled enough with a simple metal blade to not need a power weapon to bypass armour, and fast enough on her feet to dodge bullets even without combat drugs, even with all that hair.


Theatre

  • Melisande, in Maurice Maeterlinck's play "Pelleas and Melisande", has hair so long that, when she leans out from the window of a tower, her hair almost reach the bottom.
  • Rapunzel in Into the Woods, natch.


Video Games

  • Detective Daria in Touch Detective... somewhat subverted/lampshaded, as the main character can touch her hair, but discovers it's pretty coarse, dirty and full of split ends.
  • Nariko in Heavenly Sword has this, and it has been made fun of.
  • Another male example: Zero in both Mega Man X and Zero. By default, so's Omega Zero.
    • Zero's co-star Ciel isn't so far off, either. And the official art depicts her hair as even longer.
    • Two more male examples: Giro and Vent, the latter effective in Advent. Vent in ZX and Aile in both games is a case of Compressed Hair when using Model ZX.
  • The female versions of the Psychopomp, Seeker, Spear Master, Ravener and Gunner bloodlines in Bloodline Champions have this.
  • Millia Rage from Guilty Gear combines this with Prehensile Hair, and turns both Up to Eleven. The victory pose where she lets it down and about a third of it drags on the ground around her seems impressive, but you slowly realize it can somehow grow a lot longer than that when you see the ends of her hair tunnel into the ground, then come up and stab someone five feet away.
  • Touhou has several examples:
  • Sephiroth from Final Fantasy VII.
    • Crisis Core actually lampshades this by having his fanclub e-mail specifically state that he requires an entire bottle of shampoo and conditioner every time he washes his hair to properly maintain it.
    • He's not the only one to possess this trait in Dissidia Final Fantasy. The Emperor of Final Fantasy II, Ultimecia of Final Fantasy VIII, Cosmos, the goddess of harmony in this game all have hair of similar length. The Onion Knight has a rat-tail mullet that reaches his knees.
    • Don't forget Aerith and Tifa, though the latter shortens it a little later on for the movie. In the game, both of them have hair of the same kind of length as Sephiroth, but keep it tied so that it doesn't flow all over the place.
  • In Final Fantasy IX Princess Garnet has hair that reaches her butt until she cuts it, it also has very rapid growth as it grows back to that full length in presumably half a year (though this could be attributed to the devs not bothering to make yet another model for the ending scenes and her hair growning back would be a good indicator that time had passed).
  • Another Final Fantasy example: Yunalesca in Final Fantasy X and Nooj in Final Fantasy X 2 both have ridiculously long hair. Yunalesca's might not need the maintenance though, since she's dead.
  • Averted in Neverwinter Nights and Neverwinter Nights 2. All of the possible unmodded female hairstyles in the first game were shoulder-length at most; in the second the longest female hair comes down to the middle of the character's back.
  • Quite a few Disgaea characters have hair that reaches at least down to their hips, including Flonne, Lamington, Yukimaru, Fukubi, Sapphire, Asuka, and Salvatore. This is only counting plot characters, mind you - if we were counting generic units or bonus Nippon Ichi characters, we'd be here all week.
  • Pop N Music has Ophelia (no relation to that trope), who has black, feet-length hair that she ties into a long ponytail. Her full-gauge win and lose animations consist of her hair untying itself to show just how much of it she has. Appropriately enough, the song that she's the character for is called "Rapunzel".
  • Later incarnations of Sonic the Hedgehog feature hair bordering on this trope.
  • Shanoa from Order of Ecclesia has insanely lengthy hair that is meticulously animated sprite by sprite. Even if she barely moves, her hair flails out. And damn, does she know how to lift it...
  • Miang Hawwa has this hair in the opening video in Xenogears.
    • So does Elly.
  • It is often missed and sometimes hard to credit given the She Fu, but Cammy from the Street Fighter games sports Braids of Action that reach her ankles. Yes, the handle/rein jokes write themselves.
  • Hyo Imawano from Rival Schools keeps his ankle-long white hair in a ponytail, until he is possessed by his dead father Mugen to become Demon Hyo, after which his hair is let loose but floats eerily in the air as if he was underwater.
  • In Rosenkreuzstilette, Grolla, Liebea, Lilli, Strudel, and Iris all have hair reaching down to around their knees. The same could be said for Tia, Freudia, and Zorne as well if they unbanded their hair.
  • Bayonetta definitely qualifies, to the point Rapunzel herself would be jealous. She also qualifies for Godiva Hair because her Spy Catsuit is her hair. It flows off her body whenever she attacks.
  • Xigbar in Kingdom Hearts II and 358/2 Days has an almost butt-length ponytail.
  • Sophie in Tales of Graces has lilac twintails that almost reach the ground.
  • Cynthia from Pokémon Diamond and Pearl has hair down to her legs.
    • Karen in the Pokémon Gold and Silver/Crystal games had her hair in shoulder-length. In the HeartGold and SoulSilver remakes, it reachers to her hips.
    • The two pale in comparison to Caitlin in Pokémon Black and White. Take one look at her official art. That's not even all of it. Her art in Gen IV was actually a bit more realistic.
    • A Pokemon example of this trope is Zoroark.
    • One of the series' few male examples: N.
  • Lucia from Fire Emblem Path of Radiance and Radiant Dawn. It even becomes a plot point in Radiant Dawn due to her Traumatic Haircut.
  • Stringy Haired Ghost Girl Cynthia in Silent Hill 4: The Room. She also uses it as a weapon.
  • Male example: Hawk/Hawkeye from Seiken Densetsu 3.
  • Sexy Stewardess Cammy Meele from Ace Attorney Investigations fits this trope to a T.
  • Litchi Faye-Ling in Blaz Blue has a really long hair, even after tied to a ponytail. Like Millia above, the ponytail can come off and it still touches the ground.
  • Shantae's purple hair in Shantae reaches very close to the ground level.
  • As portrayed in Shin Megami Tensei, the Irish fae known as Leanan Sidhe has hair so long she's balancing on it (technically she's actually hovering, but that's the way it looks). In Strange Journey, "She has really long hair. No, really long" is the only hint Anthony needs to give you when you need to take his love confession to one.
  • Tales of the Abyss has Asch and Luke (before the latter cuts his off).
  • Golden Sun warrior-types seem improbably fond of this trope:
    • In the first game, Anti-Villain Menardi has loose blonde hair at least to her hips, probably farther.
    • Chalis's knee-length pink hair in Dark Dawn.
    • Sveta's white Braids of Action in Dark Dawn reach around her ankles in her character art, where she's whipping them around, so they're probably actually longer.
    • Eoleo's improbably red ponytail for a male example. Really, he's a pirate and he wears his hair like that on the open seas? How does he keep it from tangling? Psynergy?
  • Duo Lon is definitely one of the huge embodiments of this trope. Xiao Lon as well in King of Fighters Maximum Impact Regulation A.
  • Nikki Chan of 3 DO fighting game Way of the Warrior sports a ponytail which dangles to her legs and can be used as a weapon in some of her attacks.
  • Lara Croft in Tomb Raider, at least in II, III and IV, In IV, if it were not braided, it would be at least knee-length, but it gets progressively shorter in the sequels as they usually feature her at a younger age.
  • Estelle Bright from Legend of Heroes VI has twin tails that reaches to her skirt.


Visual Novels

  • From Clannad: Tomoyo, Kyou and Sanae all fits with their fall slightly past their hips.
  • Rider in Fate Stay Night. The length is pretty inconsistent, at times appearing waist length and at one point when running up a building it trails a good two or three feet below her.
  • G Senjou no Maou has Haru Usami's trademark head of hair which everyone she meets comments on. It's a huge mess of hair which runs past her hips. It's also plot-related, as when she was a kid, she had a boy-cut. Upon meeting Kyousuke, he comments that he'd like it if Haru had longer hair. The problem was that he didn't specify how long he wanted it.
  • Eris, Shizuku, and Runa from the Girls Love Eroge Sono Hanabira ni Kuchizuke wo all have really long hair that fits this trope. Eris and Shizuku are paired together in the eighth game which gave that game the nickname of "Sono Hanabira ni Kuchizuke wo: Hair Fetish Edition".
  • In a flashback in Tsukihime, Arcueid (pictured) is shown to have had floor length hair before her sister Altrouge chopped it off after beating her in a fight, leaving her with the familiar short hair of the present day. In Melty Blood she gets the long hair back when she turns into Archetype Earth.
  • Beatrice of Umineko no Naku Koro ni is revealed to have this after she has a breakdown and becomes an Empty Shell in the fifth game. Possibly lampshaded, as when we first see her, Virgilia is brushing her hair for her.
  • In Katawa Shoujo, it is revealed that Misha's pink hair used to be brown and much longer, almost to her waist. Out of the date-able girls, three have long hair: Hanako, Lilly and Emi; in the meantime, Miki Miura is just as longhaired as them.
  • School Days gives us Kotonoha Katsura and her hip-length hair. Hikari also has pretty long hair, but since she keeps it on pigtails it doesn't look that long.


Webcomics

  • In Its Walky, Sal has waist-length hair long enough to cover all her naughty bits during a post-sex scene, despite being an Action Girl who relies primarily on speed and mobility in combat, though she is super-strong.
  • Samantha Thing and Michelle Flammel from Monsterful.
    • Justified with Samantha considering her monster species (Ittboo) are beings with permanent long hair, and since her mother is a Futakuchi-Onna she's also able to control her hair at will.
  • The webcomic/novel Alien Dice is full of characters with long hair. Chel's hair falls to her knees, Claudia's Princess Curls are about knee length. Riley, like most Rishan, has hair past his ankles, but it's mostly worn up. Damien's hair is down to his ankles. Maelinn's hair is ankle length as well. Zaile's hair is very long when compared to his siblings, as a sign of his higher status than them, but shorter than . The alien characters are justified since long hair is a sign of status in their culture, and Litan never cut their hair. Chel's hair, however, is never really mentioned.
  • Justified in Drowtales, since hairstyle is used to advertise one's social status, with short hair being reserved for slaves and servants. This means that when Vaelia is officially promoted to be Ariel's guard she gets hair extensions put in so she won't be mistaken for a slave. Also, Ariel has another use for her long hair.
  • Princess Volutpua in The Inexplicable Adventures of Bob.
  • Reliquary takes place in a religious culture where hair corresponds to rank. It's common to see clergy with waist-length hair, and the visiting Cardinal's is even longer than that.
  • Kili of The Dragon Doctors used to have short hair, but ever since she and her boyfriend Greg became werewolves, their hair has started growing incredibly fast and is now pretty much always at this length. This resulted in at least one instance of Godiva Hair when Kili exploded out of her clothes during one werewolf transformation.
  • This is a common style in Umbria, even having a spiky variant worn by Felincia. Lampshaded in an early arc, where Aylia "repairs" a hideous haircut... by making Jenny's hair grow out too far.

 Jenny: How is this solving the problem?!

Aylia: Very effectively, I'd say.


Web Original

  • Broken Saints heroine Shandala has hair like this at first, but quickly loses it in favor of a shoulder-length do by Chapter 6.
  • In Survival of the Fittest v4, we get Bridget Connolly, who is well-known for having knee-length red hair, though usually tied back. This was until she cut it while on the island, after hearing about the death of her best friend, Raina Morales.
  • Slipknot, from the Global Guardians PBEM Universe has Prehensile Hair that hangs down to his ankles, even if one takes his topknot into account.
  • Played with by Cyanide and happiness animation Repulsel. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NTZ 1 zn QAO 8 o WARNING link potentially NSFW.
  • It's a common style in fanfiction for original characters, especially Mary Sues.


Western Animation

  • When Katara of Avatar: The Last Airbender has her hair down, it's almost the same length as when it's in a braid, which anyone with long hair would notice as beign wrong - hair braided is quite a bit shorter than when its worn loose, and in order to have a braid that long Katara's unbraided hair should have been just long enough to sit on unbraided (braids that are too long for the unbound-hair length are extremely common in animation, because a hip length braid looks cooler than a more realistic braid). Toph is mostly an aversion, as though the one time we see her with her hair out, it's freaking enormous, she normally keeps it in a tight bun roughly the size of the rest of her head.
    • Azula's hair is also pretty long when unbound. It actually seems to be partially getting in her way during her final battle against Zuko and Katara, not that she's concerned.
  • Both Jazz Fenton and Paulina from Danny Phantom have hair down to their hips, but Literal Genie Desiree is much more blatant in both length and width.
  • Marge Simpson's enormous Beehive Hairdo. It's been shown that when she has her hair worn down it's roughly waist length. (Though it varies, one episode briefly showed it as knee length, and that was when her hair was falling out)
  • Who remembers the character Repunzil from Ka Blam!'s "The Offbeats"?
    • June had rapunzel hair once in the H&J shorts before she became part of the show.
  • Trixie Tang and Princess Mandie on The Fairly Odd Parents
  • One of the ugly princess from Wakfu has a Rapunsel hair... and beard... that's prehensile.
  • In an episode of Totally Spies, Clover was captured and her hair was grown really long to be used as a wig. Unfortunately, it made her very weak. The other girls even used the hair Rapunzel style.
  • Sierra from Total Drama World Tour has hair reaching her butt (and she's the tallest girl), and given how braided it should be even longer. Unfortunately, as of her injury near the end of the season, she's bald now.
  • Aisling from The Secret of Kells has long white hair that reaches just past her ankles.
  • Princess Bubblegum and Marceline of Adventure Time fame have this, with PB's reaching roughly to her knees while Marceline's goes even farther than that. Finn as well.
  • Jimmy Two-Shoes has Saffi.
  • Kuki Sanban/Numbuh 3 and Abigail Lincoln/Numbuh 5 (often wears hers in braids) on Codename: Kids Next Door.
  • Forget wearing capes, Blossom's orange locks are long enough to be a cape!
  • While, as mentioned above, Starfire's hair was shortened for the animated Teen Titans, villain Cheshire's hair was lengthened: it seems to fall to about her knees.
  • Artemis from Young Justice has very long blond hair that's usually in a ponytail that reaches her hips.
  • Voltron: Legendary Defender:
    • Princess Allura's hair reaches her hips and even lower when it's down. Her Missing Mom Queen Melenor had a similar hairstyle.
    • Katie alias Pidge had hair like this, before she cut it shorter to become a Sweet Polly Oliver. Her mother Colleen normally has short hair, but when she appears later one sees that it's grown to at least waist-length.


Real Life

  • Model Ruslana Korshunova was well-known for her incredibly long hair.
  • Empress Elisabeth ("Sisi") of Bavaria. Her hair was so long that it reached her feet and took several hours to comb and braid. Allegedly, one of her German hairstylists also had hair like that, which allowed her to take an occasional side job as Sisi's Body Double.
  • Although not an example of this, here's an indication that such hair really would be difficult in real life: Charisma Carpenter, who played Cordelia Chase on Angel, specifically asked that her character get a haircut because the hair was too heavy and difficult to maneuver. This wasn't anything like waist-length, nor was Cordelia that much of an Action Girl.
    • Likewise, Jason Momoa (Ronon Dex of Stargate Atlantis, Khal Drogo from Game of Thrones, and recently Aquaman from the DC movies) asked that his character get his dreadlocks cut shorter because they were heavy enough that they were pulling his hair out at the roots.
  • Half-Truth in Television, half-historical fiction. In the These Happy Golden Years, Laura Ingalls (Wilder) notes at one point that her hair is down to her knees.
    • Growing one's hair out as long as possible was practically mandatory for a woman in that time period. Ma at one point says that when she first married Pa, she could sit on the ends of her braided hair.
  • Many Indian women of respectable age have hair reaching almost (or sometimes beyond) the waist. However, most of the time it's neatly tied so it seldom causes problems. Let's not say anything about baptized Sikh men and women other than they have a religious obligation to not cut their hair.
    • If one wishes to spot said extremely long hair they will be disappointed, Sikh men keep their hair covered in a carefully wrapped turban (called a "pugari", or "pug" for short) that has since become one of the most recognizable symbols of their religion.
  • In the Qing dynasty, all men were required to shave their forehead and wear the rest of their hair in a braid down their back. As this braid was not allowed to be cut on punishment of death, this resulted in some impressive hair lengths. Females, while not required to wear the braid, were expected to keep their hair long as a sign of propriety and status; rich women often would wear wigs made of hair sold by poor women to make their hairdos even more elaborate.
    • Even earlier in the Ming dynasty, men were expected to have quite long hair (and a beard) and it caused much trouble at the beginning of the Qing when suddenly they had to shave their foreheads.
    • In the movie Shanghai Noon, this is why Chong Wang is so freaked out by Roy's offer to cut off his "ponytail". When Lo Fong cuts it and says, "Now you can never return to China", this is what he's referring to.
  • Actress Patricia Morison was known for her hair, rumored to be 39 inches long.
  • Country singer Crystal Gayle, for many years, had floor-length hair. She's cut it to a somewhat more manageable length in her later years.
  • According to the Guinness World Records, the longest coif in the world belongs to Xie Qiuping, at 5.6m long.
  • Kill Bill actress Chiaki Kuriyama typically wears natural long jet-black hair that reaches down to her waist.
  • 80's Mexican singer Daniela Romo was very famous for her extremely long dark brown hair, which easily reached down her butt.
  • Native Americans often have hair that is at least waist-length, as it is a sign of health and (for men) honor/bravery.
  • Haruna Kojima, an Idol Singer in Japanese girl group AKB48, has hair well past waist length.
  • Anna Kornikova has not cut her waist length hair since she was thirteen years old.
  • Kim Richards sported some amazing hair in the 80s that almost went down to her thighs.
  • Melina Perez, of WWE fame has had thick black hair down past her waist since around 2007-ish.
  • A lot of the members of the online Long Hair Community either have Rapunzel Hair or aspire to having it and regularly post about it in the forum section.
  • The popularity of Buffy the Vampire Slayer resulted in a trend of young women growing their hair out to achieve Rapunzel Hair in the late 1990s, as some who were of this demographic at that time can attest.
  • Some people, for whatever reason, actively attempt to cultivate Rapunzel Hair and it is pretty interesting to see one of these people walking around with their hair down or braided so that it's obvious that they've got hair that long.
  • Sierra McCormick has a more realistic version of this. Her hair is nearly to her waist even when braided or curled.
  • A very tragic version of this was Saint Marina of Omura, a Japanese Christian woman who apparently possessed hair like this... and who's said to have been stripped naked and paraded around nude before being burned alive, only covered by her long tresses.

Notes

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